Begin your exploration of Tianjin on the Ancient Culture Street, a bustling pedestrian street, where you can immerse yourself in local crafts, street food, and traditional performances. Visit the beautifully preserved Tianjin Eye, a giant Ferris wheel that provides panoramic views of the cityscape and the Haihe River. Admire the stunning European-style mansions of Five Great Avenues, that once housed diplomats and wealthy residents, reflecting the city’s past as a foreign concession. Try the “Goubuli” steamed buns at a night market and visit the Tianjin Museum. The city’s proximity to Beijing makes it an ideal side trip for those visiting the capital.
Hyatt Regency Tianjin East
299 guest rooms at the Hyatt Regency Tianjin East come with soundproofed windows, Nespresso machines, Pharmacopia bath products and high-speed internet access, some have real flame fires. The interiors combine modern and traditional Chinese decor with pops of vibrant yellow, alongside taupe and leaf-green hues. Contemporary sculptures from the ‘Tai Chi White Series’ by the renowned native artist Xie Aige add character and a local authenticity to the spaces. Dine in the Market Cafe with its open kitchen and adjacent patisserie; at Wok in the Garden, a huge indoor space filled with lush trees; and in The Lounge.
The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin
Stay in the Heping district, beside the former residence of Cao Kun. This is the political and economic heart of Tianjin, making it a great option for business travellers, as well as those wishing to sightsee. The Ritz-Carlton has 277 rooms. Guests can relax and socialise in The lounge bar with cocktails and the group’s famed afternoon tea. For larger meals, the Victorian Lounge and Zhu Zang cater for a range of tastes. There’s an indoor pool, a sun terrace, a garden with a BBQ area, a spa and a tennis court at The Ritz-Carlton in Tianjin.
Four Seasons Hotel Tianjin
Where Nanjing Road meets Binjiang Avenue, you’ll find the Four Seasons. Everything you need is on the doorstep, be it shops, bars, or fast transport links. And inside, West meets East in the decor, the food and the service standards. The hotel has 259 elegant bedrooms and suites, five dining options, a swanky spa and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. A real highlight is the indoor pool, flooded with natural light from above by day and revealing a starry vista by night. Notable event spaces are its two glitzy ballrooms and there’s an Executive Club Lounge for higher category guests and ideal for business travellers.
Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin
The Shangri-La brand feels most at home here in Tianjin, where local culture and traditions go hand in hand with the group’s signature hospitality. The central property enjoys views of the Haihe River, with 304 rooms and suites and 79 serviced apartments. In the lobby you can relax with a drink and admire a curated collection of contemporary Chinese art; in the Shang Palace restaurant you can sample authentic Cantonese food as well as international buffet stations; and you can hit the shops in the adjoining Riverview Place mall. Guests also have access to Café Yun, a health club and Chi, the spa.
Pan Pacific Tianjin
Close to the banks of the Haihe River, the Pan Pacific offers a wide variety of accommodations to suit the needs of a diverse range of travellers. It has 14 different room categories, each providing a city or river view. Choose a serviced suite if you’d like the benefits of a kitchenette, including a Nespresso machine. A large and impressive water fountain greets guests on arrival at the entrance of the Pan Pacific. Or you can dine at the award-winning Hai Tien Lo, breakfast at the Pacifica buffet, grab a lighter bite at the Noodle bar and order drinks in the Lobby Lounge.